- a mean, niggardly person; miser.
Origin of skinflint
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hoarder, pinchpenny, niggard, Scrooge.
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Examples from the Web for skinflint
He's just as much a born bully as he is a cheat and a skinflint.The Depot Master
Joseph C. Lincoln
“I always reckoned you was a skinflint,” yelled one of the party.Chasing an Iron Horse
I call it getting a bit on account by forcing the hand of a skinflint.The Scarlet Feather
Skinflint, an old and popular simile for a close-fisted, stingy person.The Slang Dictionary
John Camden Hotten
So all in all, Skinflint Sam can make trouble for the folk that make trouble for him.Billy Topsail, M.D.
- an ungenerous or niggardly person; miser
C18: referring to a person so avaricious that he would skin (swindle) a flint
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Word Origin and History for skinflint
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